Single Tooth Implant
Boca Raton, FL
Missing or damaged teeth will lead to many problems such as difficulty chewing, speech issues, gum disorders, jawbone loss, and movement of adjacent teeth. If you have lost teeth or have any damaged teeth, a multiple-tooth implant may be the solution for you.
Dental implants are typically used to replace teeth whose roots have become so deteriorated that they require replacement. At John A. Lindsay and Daniel R. Noorthoek Periodontics and Implantology, we will discuss your tooth replacement options after a thorough examination.
How Is An Implant Placed?
The implant, which resembles a screw, is affixed to the jawbone. A dentist allows about three to six months for the screw and bone to bond together, forming an anchor for the replacement tooth. You have a temporary tooth replacement during this time.
The second step involves uncovering the implant and attaching an extension to complete the foundation on which the new tooth is going to be placed. Again, the dentist allows a few weeks for the healing of the gums.
Lastly, a replacement tooth known as a crown is designed using an impression. It is attached to an abutment, a small metal connector. Once done, you now have a new, natural-looking tooth.
Why Choose a Dental Implant Over a Bridge?
If a dentist uses a tooth-supported bridge to replace missing teeth, they also have to grind or cut down adjacent teeth into pegs that will offer the bridge support. The process will damage the tooth structure and natural enamel of the adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be firmly held in place.
A tooth-supported bridge can be functional for many years but it can lead to more severe problems like periodontal bone loss or significant tooth decay which will be more expensive and complicated to remedy. Such issues may require root canal treatment or oral surgery.
Benefits of Replacing A Missing Tooth with a Single Tooth Implant
You get many benefits from using a single-tooth implant to replace a single missing tooth. For starters, it is an excellent long-term solution because they have a 97% success rate which far supersedes any other tooth replacement option.
Though a tooth-supported dental bridge may be cheaper initially, it is not a permanent tooth replacement option. However, dental bridges require constant maintenance and replacement for the course of your lifetime.
Dental implants are the highest standard of dental care today. The main reason is that they bond the titanium post to the jawbone providing a strong base for the tooth of the crown which results in a solid replacement that functions like a natural tooth.
Another benefit is the preservation of surrounding teeth. Because grinding down adjacent teeth is unnecessary with tooth implants, they will be preserved, maintaining their function and appearance.
A single-tooth implant or multiple-tooth implant is easy to care for as you do not need additional care for a dental implant as you do with a dental bridge. Because it is meant to mimic a natural tooth, brushing and flossing are all that is necessary like with other teeth.
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your dental health. Contact John A. Lindsay and Daniel R. Noorthoek Periodontics and Implantology for more information about dental implants. You can reach us at for a free consultation today.